A Marine fires his M79 Grenade Launcher at a sniper’s position during the Battle of Hue, 1968.

A Marine fires his M79 Grenade Launcher at a sniper’s position during the Battle of Hue, 1968.

1st Air Cavalry soldier with an M79 grenade launcher, May 1968 - Vietnam War

1st Air Cavalry soldier with an M79 grenade launcher, May 1968 - Vietnam War

My dad with his trusty M79 grenade launcher Vietnam 1969.

My dad with his trusty M79 grenade launcher Vietnam 1969.

A grenadier holding an M79 grenade launcher examines an entrance to a VC tunnel. He has an XM28E4 riot gas mask carrier (for the XM19 riot gas mask) secured to an M1956 buttpack, which is attached to a lightweight rucksack frame.

A grenadier holding an M79 grenade launcher examines an entrance to a VC tunnel. He has an XM28E4 riot gas mask carrier (for the XM19 riot gas mask) secured to an M1956 buttpack, which is attached to a lightweight rucksack frame.

M79 grenade launcher is a single-shot, shoulder-fired, break-action grenade launcher that fires a 40x46mm grenade which uses what the US Army calls the High-Low Propulsion System to keep recoil forces low, and first appeared during the Vietnam War. Because of its distinctive report, it has earned the nicknames of "Thumper", "Thump-Gun", "Bloop Tube", and "Blooper" among American soldiers;[1] Australian units referred to it as the "Wombat Gun".[2] The M79 can fire a wide variety of 40 mm…

M79 grenade launcher is a single-shot, shoulder-fired, break-action grenade launcher that fires a 40x46mm grenade which uses what the US Army calls the High-Low Propulsion System to keep recoil forces low, and first appeared during the Vietnam War. Because of its distinctive report, it has earned the nicknames of "Thumper", "Thump-Gun", "Bloop Tube", and "Blooper" among American soldiers;[1] Australian units referred to it as the "Wombat Gun".[2] The M79 can fire a wide variety of 40 mm…

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